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Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

The Press Newspaper

By Yaneek Smith

Press Contributing Writer

 For the last four years, the Village of Oak Harbor has had to tighten its belt while using a greater share of general fund revenues to help keep the police department operating at normal levels.  Village officials attribute the spending adjustments to reductions in local government funds from the state and other revenue losses.

 But with the passage of a police levy in November, that will not be as much of a problem this year. The new annual revenue the levy will generate - about $118,000 - can only be used for police department expenses.

 By late spring or early summer equipment will be moving onto the former Brush Beryllium plant site near the Village of Luckey to begin what will be a multi-year remediation project.

 Stephen Buechi, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday he expects actual work to remove contaminated soil and debris to start by late summer.  

Oregon City Council Monday approved a resolution opposing a state proposal to transfer the collection of municipal business taxes from local governments to the Ohio Department of Taxation. 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed in his 2017-18 budget a requirement for centralized collection of municipal business taxes by the Ohio Department of Taxation. If passed, it becomes effective on January 1, 2018.

State Representative Michael P. Sheehy (House District 46) is co-sponsoring legislation that would require at least two individuals to operate a freight train in Ohio, which he hopes will reduce fatal accidents.
The proposed legislation, known as House Bill 107, recently received its first hearing in the Ohio House. Sheehy and State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) are co-sponsors of the bill.

Oregon is considering a change in its city charter to avoid possible conflicts with state and federal election laws.
City Administrator Mike Beazley said the timing of primary elections in September, in particular, could pose problems if the dates are not changed.


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